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Mother always said if you're too stupid to see the wool being pulled over your eyes, you deserve what you get.
~ April Troost to Dr. George Huang.
Mother always said if you're too stupid to see the wool being pulled over your eyes, you deserve what you get.
~ April Troost to Dr. George Huang.

April Troost is an antagonist appearing in the Law & Order franchise.

She is portrayed by Estella Warren, who also plays Matty McPherson in the TV movie Blue Seduction.


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

In the episode "Design", April, heavily pregnant, is talked down from a ledge by Detective Olivia Benson. While being questioned by Benson, she tells her that she was raped by Barclay Pallister, a rich businessman specializing in mortuary science. When questioned by the detectives, Pallister denies he's the father of April's child, but a DNA test proves otherwise; regardless of this, he denies raping April.

The case goes to trial, but April is apparently killed in a car crash and Pallister is suspected to be the culprit. Benson and her partner Elliot Stabler later learn that April was keeping photos of wealthy men, including Pallister, in a safety deposit box and that she was searching for the ideal man to father her child. It later turns out she drugged many men so she could obtain their sperm, and she impregnated herself with Pallister's genetic material.

The detectives also find out that April used to work at the McManus Clinic, a fertility clinic run by Dr. McManus. They take McManus in for questioning and learn he was giving April money. The detectives initially suspect McManus is sleeping with April, only for McManus to express disgust at the idea before revealing that April is his daughter and that she's alive and well.

Benson confronts April in her apartment and demands to know the location of her baby, which April claims was still-born. April is then arrested and evaluated by Dr. George Huang, to whom she openly admits that she sees other people as objects to be used and discarded.

It later turns out that April and her mother Lorraine Dillon are working a con together. Fortunately, the detectives manage to get April's daughter, Sarah, away from Lorraine and placed in Pallister's custody.

Law & Order

In the episode "Flaw", April and her mother are caught defauding a man named David Glass out of $500,000 when their partner, Patrick Sullivan is murdered afterwards. Her mother is arrested for Patrick's murder and is eventually put on trial with the mother claiming Patrick raped April when she was a child. April turns on her during the trial and claims she and Patrick had a consensual sexual relationship and her mother murdered him out of jealousy.

The mother is convicted but Detective Benson, who was brought on to consult on the case because of her business card being found in Patrick's pocket, figures out what really happened. April got greedy and decided not to split the shares so she killed Patrick, lied to her mother about why she did it so she would take the blame, and then make sure she was convicted. Benson tries to get McCoy to go after her but McCoy is satisfied with the verdict and lets the conviction stand.

It is later discovered April also killed her own son after she discovered he was deformed and Benson and the DA's office try to make a case against April. But they can't find the body and their only witness is an old boyfriend whose credibility is questionable. April confidently tells Benson she will beat the charges until her mother walks in and tells her she made a deal to incriminate her in her baby's death if her sentence is reduced. April was arrested for murder and she confesses as part of a plea bargain.


Mother always said never trust a man.
~ April Troost to Benson, after being tracked down.
That's not a very nice thing to say to someone in mourning.
~ April Troost to Benson, when avoiding where her baby is.
You were my friend. You promised to protect me.
~ April Troost to Benson
You have a sick imagination!
~ April Troost to Benson, denying her own crimes.
I'm the victim here, none if this is my fault!
~ April Troost to Benson, to try and avoid getting arrested.
I know there are rules, but they don't apply to me.
~ April Troost to Dr. Huang during her interview.
Mother didn't want me picking up any bad habits. [...] Feeling sorry for people, what Mother called "getting soft." She taught me to stay alert, be on the lookout. [...] There are always people who want to take advantage of me; that's why I have to take advantage of them first. Survival of the fittest, screw or get screwed; Mother drilled that into me. She taught me everything she knew about people, men in particular.
~ April Troost to Dr. Huang, explaining her upbringing.
I'm too beautiful for prison.
~ April Troost to Dr. Huang, in interrogation.
Oh, some mother. You led the cops right to my safe deposit box. Too bad the money wasn't there.
~ April Troost to Lorraine, as part of their act.
I'm not confused. I'm thinking about what's best for me. No one else will.
~ April Troost to Dr. McManus, who tries to reason with her.
Love is for suckers.
~ April Troost rebuffing her father telling her he loves her.
Nice doing business with you.
~ April Troost to Novak before leaving.
Well, hello, Detective Benson. Did you miss us?
~ April Troost reappearing again with Lorraine.
I don't know. I can be pretty convincing.
~ April Troost bragging about manipulating the courts.
Well played, mom. How much did you get for talking?
~ April Troost to Lorraine, once she's been had.

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